Week 21 Bump Update!

23 April 2012

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How far along? 21 weeks...only 19 weeks left!!  Eek!!!
Total weight gain: I completely forgot to weigh myself this morning -- sorry!  Will update tomorrow, but if I had to guess I'm probably about 129lbs which is 1lb up from last week judging by the way I'm gaining.  I did take measurements though.  My waist is still measuring at 29" which is the same as last week and my tummy is 35" which is about a quarter inch up from last week.
Maternity clothes? Yes!  I did write about this in an earlier post but I finally went maternity jeans shopping.  I was pretty unsuccessful but did manage to score two pairs of cropped pants from H&M in my size...one in black and one in cream.  I absolutely LOVE the way they feel on...so much so that they make me never want to return to wearing bump bands or regular jeans for the rest of my pregnancy, but I wish there had been a better selection in store because now I'm kind of stuck with two colours.  I found a pair of maternity skinny jeans I like from ASOS so I might purchase those this week.  I also finally received my Motherhood bras so my boobs have been super comfortable, yay! :)
Stretch marks? Still none to report!  I'm still using Palmer's Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks and Fairhaven Health Dream Belly Butter at night.
Sleep: I slept pretty awful this week :(  It's actually been stressing me out quite a bit but thankfully it's not due to any pregnancy discomfort (thank you, DreamGenii pillow!!).  I've never been a light sleeper but lately I have been waking up to EVERY sound -- even poor Jonathan's breathing!!  It's driving me crazy...literally...I will get myself into such a state over it that I honestly think I'm having a nervous breakdown, lol!  I guess it just goes to show how important sleep is!

Best moment this week: Okay well aside from something I'm going to mention later in this post, it was definitely purchasing my Pink Lining Yummy Mummy changing/diaper bag!!!  I am so in love!!  I know, I know...it's probably a bit early to purchase a changing bag when we haven't even bought the nursery furniture yet BUT this is something I have wanted from the moment I found it online months ago and it's going to be discontinued!  So I had to get it before it was too late...also we visited the Pregnancy & Baby Fair on Saturday and they had it at one of the stalls for a special discounted price of €75 (usually it's €90).  There were only two pink ones left so I jumped at the chance!  I am SO IN LOVE with this bag, I want to carry it now even though I don't need it yet, ha ha ha!  Plus it goes perfectly with my study decor, cupcakes galore! :)
Miss anything? Goat's cheese & feta -- this is technically fine if pasteurized but in restaurants there is no way of really knowing so I tend to stay away from ordering it...but this makes veggie options quite limited :(
Movement: Yes!!!!  I can finally honestly say that I am feeling definite movement now.  And it's just about the coolest thing, ever.  It first happened on Tuesday night while we were watching Game of Thrones (lol) and it was very faint, but I felt what I can only describe as little bubbles popping inside my belly.  At first I thought they were gas bubbles but then I realised I'd never felt anything quite like it before!  Since then I've been feeling her move all the time...and the movements are getting stronger everyday :)  She's most active when I'm eating (ha ha, greedy guts!) and the funniest is when I sneeze and it wakes her up so she gives a big kick in protest.  Ha ha ha!  Jonathan also felt her move when he put his hand on my stomach, which was really cool too!  
Food cravings: None!  Though strawberry yogurt & red grapes have been my healthy dessert of choice :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still shrimp and seafood...now you may be thinking that I would stay away from such things as any intelligent human being should, however it turns out I'm not that bright...lol.  On Friday we went out to a Chinese restaurant with my family to celebrate finding out the gender and like a fool I ordered the seafood fried rice.  Yup, you read that right.  I sometimes wonder do I do these things on purpose, ha ha ha!  I suppose I'm just used to ordering that kind of dish...and as much as I liked the fried rice part, I ended up leaving every single bit of seafood on my plate.  Really...idiotic.
Gender: Girl! :)
Labour signs: Nope!  
Symptoms: Pretty much the same as last week, except that this week I found a little stain on the inside of my bra...ewww!  I felt like a cow ready to be milked or something, lol!!  
Belly button in or out? In!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: A bit of both I'm afraid...I need my sleep!!!  
Looking forward to: Meeting my new obstetrician and getting my anomaly scan (finally).  I'm going to cut a loooong story short and just tell you guys that after a lot of thinking we've decided to change to private maternity care.  Originally, when we first got pregnant and my GP asked me whether we wanted to go public or private we had no clue about the system or how it worked.  We did some research, asked a few people we knew and the general consensus was that nowadays (and in the city we live) there is no real difference between the two.  Well, turns out there kind of is.  I don't want to offend anybody but I just think that every pregnancy is so different, and this is such a personal decision for anyone to make...everybody should do what's right FOR THEM.  And the public maternity care system was just not right for us.  We had my 20 week obstetrics appointment on Thursday and waited about 2.5 hours only to be told that everything was perfectly fine (no complaining there, that's great ;) and that we could go home.  We got about 5 minutes with the obstetrician, who was very nice but also clearly very busy.  We didn't get an anomaly scan, which I had been expecting to find out if all of the baby's organs were working correctly and everything was fine.  That was really disappointing to us because there is nothing more important than the health of our baby!  Also, when we asked about anomaly and anatomy scans, the doctor told us we probably would not get another scan for the entire duration of the pregnancy.  We were kind of floored...  Anyway, so we changed to private maternity care and now I'm meeting my new obstetrician on Tuesday (tomorrow) for a full anomaly scan and a 2 hour appointment.  Yay!  I am so relieved.  I know lots of people have been through the public system and everything has turned out fine, I am NOT dismissing that.  I just feel that for us, especially with this being our first baby...it feels right to go down this route.  I hope you guys understand and I made myself clear in this post -- again it is not my intention to offend ANYBODY.  

Phew!  What a serious end to what's meant to be quite a light-hearted post...ha ha ha!  

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